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5 Star Review for Match Point (Sports of the Seasons #1) by Leigh Carman #MM #Romance #Sportsromance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Match Point (Sports of the Seasons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Leigh Carman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2016 – 200 Pages

Synopsis

Two stubborn men.

One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.

It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.

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 FiveStarsThis book is powerful. From almost the beginning my heart broke for these characters. Both have different things in their past that affects their future so tremendously. Just when I think neither of them are going to get it together something changes and everything starts to fall into place for them.

Finn tore me apart with his grief. I hurt for this character so much so that I cried right along with him. He is such a powerful character in this book. You cannot help but to fall in love with him. I think Finn hits his own rock bottom in this book and it is so moving to be along for the ride to see him climb his way back up.

Dex has so many demons from his past that he lets them dictate his future and the things that he does in his life. It is a constant struggle for this man to feel secure in his day to day life and he is denying himself the things that he wants that will make him truly happy for the first time in his life.

These two men are strong and have such horrible acts in their pasts that they each have to overcome. With each other’s help may be able to do just that, that is if they both can learn to let go of what they cannot change and move forward together before it is too late. Life is short and neither realizes that it can all change in a blink of an eye, so they need to learn to live, love, and let go before the chance passes them by.

This was such an amazing, powerful read that it will be with me for some time to come. Leigh Carman is truly an author that knows what they are doing and has such an maxing talent. Cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.

Tosha

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5 Stars for Second Half: A Gay American Football Story by Scott D. Pomfret @bostonseanachie #MM #Sports #Gayfiction

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Title: The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story
Author Name & Publisher: Scott D. Pomfret (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 12, 2016 – 286 Pages

Synopsis

Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with both feet.

For each, the stakes are high: bowls, limelight, press, and the NFL. But Peyton and Brady find time during the season to carve out their own private and sexy refuge. Only jealous whispers force the head coach to see what he didn’t want to see and he tears the two apart. It’s only when Brady’s war injuries threaten his health that Peyton reluctantly returns to the team — under cover! The two concoct a plan to pass off Peyton as Brady at the bowl game, thereby preserving Brady’s health and perhaps earning a national championship. Will anyone notice the difference? Does anyone really want to? Most of all, can the pair’s sense of honor outlast the deception?

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FiveStars

This book in my opinion is about second chances, believing in ones self, excepting yourself for who u are and not what others want you to be, and finding love.

When I first started reading this book I was not sure if I was going to like it or not. But I kept on reading and before long I found myself engulfed in reading what was going to happen.

Peyton in my opinion views himself the way that others do. He does not follow through on things and he runs from the good. He creates disaster in the wake of good for fear that he cannot live up to the good. But when he finally gives in and starts a relationship with Brady he finally realizes he wants to continue with the follow through. He wants to be an honorable, courageous man and he wants to proud of himself and wants Brady to be proud of him.

This is a book that goes through the struggles of starting a relationship and expecting ones self in the middle of it. It is a book about believing in oneself and having courage and it is about finding love and fighting for it every step of the way even when you have the instinct to run.

Scott Pomfret did a great job on this book and it was a very captivating read.

Tosha

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5 Star, 4.5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Review for Personal Foul by Lucy J. Madison @LucyJMadison #Lesfic #FF #Romance #SportsRomance

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Title: Personal Foul
Author Name & Publisher: Lucy J. Madison (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 266 Pages

Synopsis

Kat Schaefer’s career is on autopilot. She’s an elite basketball official in the WNBA after surviving an extremely rocky childhood but still finds herself adrift in her personal life almost two years after her longtime girlfriend dumped her. Kat’s well-ordered world turns upside down again when she meets a hotshot rookie named Julie Stevens who knocks her world off balance with her stellar play and captivating eyes.

Despite Kat’s best defense, she falls hard for the young player but she’s unable to open herself up to love again. Her solution is to retreat alone to the magnificent beaches of Provincetown, Massachusetts to heal old wounds and to figure out what the future holds.

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FiveStars

Kat is a basketball official and is still getting over her girlfriend Danielle walking out on her.  She is a workaholic and intent on avoiding personal relationships at all costs.  That is until basketball hot-shot Julie comes on the scene.  After initially avoiding her as she could lose her job over a relationship with a player, she gives in and they spend days together having amazing sex.  Julie is in love but Kat doesn’t want to tie her down so early in her career, so she disappears of to that great lesbian mecca, Provincetown and lives the quiet life.  I love love love books set in Provincetown.  It sounds like the most wonderful place and Kat certainly find peace there.  She finally gets over her appalling childhood and Danielle leaving her and becomes a happy, centred person a last.  Can she finally let herself be  happy? When Julie turns up again I feared they would never be able to make it up.  Julie’s heart was well and truly broken.  It was a hugely emotional reunion and so well teased out.  They were soul mates and I so wanted them to be together but had Kat hurt her too much?  Their makes up was extremely hot and sexy and beautiful.  I found the ending so utterly romantic and perfect.  A lovely read and well worth 5 Stars
Kitty Kat
ThreeStar
Technically this was a well constructed novel. An enchanting romance. The scenes describing the on court action were electrifying.  The ending beautifully contrived and passionate.
I did find the constant reference Kay made to her age and Julie’s difficult to understand. Another problem I had was believing in what the actual attraction was between the two women, once it was supposedly beyond  a physical one.
A good summer read if you are looking for a romantic entertaining love story.
Chris
FourStars
I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic at the beginning of this book. The story seemed a bit sluggish and didn’t draw me in much. I blame two things for this: first, I really hate narration in the present tense, and second, there was a lot of exposition that seemed to bog things down. The first thing many people may have no problem with. I have narration pet peeves. I dislike first person head-hopping, first person present tense, and third person present tense, and that’s going from least objectionable to most. I did get used to it in this story, but every once in a while it would snag my attention and irritate me all over again. The second thing didn’t get better further on in the book, but my attitude about it changed. See, Kat lives in her head. She dwells on things and over thinks them, and isolates herself in order to self-examine. So while in the beginning things seemed slow, as the story progressed, things began to feel a little more deliberate, a little more examined, and a little deeper for Kat. And we joined her for that journey. One other thing that bothers me in this story is how fast the feelings developed. Kat and Julie see each other for the first time in a game and that night they share a dance and a kiss and an instant connection. Then there’s a game where they clash. And the third time they meet leads to a couple of days in bed together and at the end of that period of time they’re in love. It just seems to me that the depth of the feeling has no real basis; they don’t know each other in any other way than physically. That said, I enjoyed Kat’s journey to fix herself. I was surprised at some of the twists the plot took and that made the book more than I expected. I like that Julie knows what she wants even if she’s so much younger than Kat. In all, this ended up being an interesting and engaging read.
AmyP
FourandHalfStars
This was an entertaining, fun ride that I didn’t want to end. I enjoyed getting to know both Julie and Kat. The character development was spot on and I enjoyed seeing them both go through the spectrum of working through their feelings and past. I would like to have gotten more time with Julie; however, I understand that Kat’s journey was the one we were following.
The intimate scenes were tasteful and hot. And the book as a whole was well written. My biggest issue with the book was how abrupt Kat left and how she was void of contact with everyone. I understand why, but it was still sudden.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the book and I will be looking more into Madison’s books in the future.
Tori

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New Release: FOUR 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale #Bisexual #Romance #hockeyromance @avongalewrites

PowerPlayfsTitle: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

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FourStars

This was a great story.  The details were mostly correct and the characters all meshed well.

Past events created what the team owner hoped would be an explosive bench setting between head coach and assistant coach, Misha and Max.  However, what developed was a mutually respectful, steamy relationship.

This was a great story of overcoming guilt, moving forward in life and showing others that their past doesn’t need to dictate their future.

I love the chemistry that Mischa and Max share – their compliment each other well, despite being quite different.  Max’s family is awesome and I love that he allows Mischa to know a different type of family.

Mischa’s past is sad, but he did not allow it to define his future or his career.  Mischa is calm, assertive, almost cold throughout the story, but his river runs deep and he shows his emotional and deeper self later in the story.  In contrast, Max is sweet, gentle and nice with everyone he surrounds himself with.

Gale provides steamy scenes, great sport, semi conflict, a brooding yummy tatted Russian and a sweet, sexy American who come together to create an amazing team.

I really hope that Drake gets his own story.  I love how he developed through this story.

~AvidReader

FourandHalfStars

There is nothing I can say about this series except it is exciting and moving. There is Hot men and even Hotter sex. As I mentioned in me review of Save the Game this author is on my automatic buy list and this book certainly cemented that decision.  Power Play was another excellent story in the series. This author just has a way of reaching out to grab you the moment the story starts. The characters, Max and Misha, we complex in their roles in this book and I loved them from the start. The secondary characters were amazing and can only hope that the next book in the series include Drake as the MC. I can’t wait to see where this author goes, not only with this series but in other books as well.

Lynn

FiveStars

Wow, talk about a series that just gets better and better. I’m a hockey gal that has lived both sides of the ice. So this story was a breath of fresh air coming in from the coaches’ perspective. I have truly enjoyed the hockey action in this series and feel like I am right there skating with them…except for the bag skates, haha, I prefer to stay living.
Mikhail “Misha” Samarin, one sexy as sin, tatted up broody Russian with a come hither accent completely broke my heart. From the start of meeting Misha – knowing how he belittled himself, feeling guilty for an accident and as we read on, not feeling worthy to love himself to his comical misunderstanding of English, especially slang, made me cry laughing, sad and in the end happy tears.
Max Ashford is one handsome, All American boy, who was raised right to have manners and be able to forgive. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is always parting some wisdom. He doesn’t see how much his heart is made of gold.
This story was well written and such a joy to see these two grow not only together but within themselves. Even though these two were such opposites which made everything electric when they were together, and oh my…it was HOT; they also balanced each other to become a whole.
I am already anticipating Avon Gale’s next one and wondering how she will top this one.  Of course, my internal wish is for Drake, because this blue-hair, lip pierced goalie most definitely needs some unconditional love after breaking my heart. I just want to wrap my arms around him and protect him. Please give him his much-deserved HEA for what he has lived through.
Please don’t boo, but I’m a homegrown St. Louis fan living in Alaska. Go Blues!!
~Keri
FiveStars

Avon Gale did it again. She has taken what could have been an ordinary book and made it extraordinary. This is not just a book about hockey, it is about so much more.

Max has been signed as the assistant coach to a team called the spitfires and does not find out that the head coach is none other then Misha? The man that helped in aiding to the end of his hockey career on a freak accident on the ice that cost him some of his eyesight. The GM of the team knew there could be promotional opportunities if these two men were at each other’s throats but instead he got the unexpected. He got two men who was determined to turn the team they was hired to coach around into a winning team. And that is when the real action and the book really begins,

This book in my opinion is about so much more then just hockey. It is aboutforgiveness. Not just forgiveness of an accident that was just that, an accident but it is about forgiving ones self for a past that they are not proud of. It isabout forgiveness for being who you are. It is about forgiveness for wanting the life that you want without feeling bad about it. But that is not all the book isabout. It is about confronting ones past and realizing that sometimes one has to do what they have to do just to survive.? It is about starting over and not looking at the past but instead looking at the here and now and what you want the future to be. And last but not least, it is about believing in ones self and the ones that you love.

Avon Gale did a wonderful job with this book. There are so many emotions that each of the characters in this book bring out in the reader. I loved this book probably the best out of the series so far and I hope that there will be another book in the series.

Tosha
FiveStars

I didn’t think it possible, but this series just keeps getting better. The third book takes us back to the ECHL, but this time our two leading men are coaches, not players.

Both retired NHL players, Max and Misha are both brilliant characters and they might be my favourite pair in the series so far. When Misha injured Max in an NHL playoff game, it ended both players’ careers. Max’s career was short lived and his recovery has been difficult. In contrast, Misha ended a long NHL career with a Stanley Cup and a guilty conscience.

I love the way these two men contrast and compliment each other. Max is an easy going all-American jock and Misha is a highly strung immigrant who sacrificed everything so he could leave Russia. Misha’s Russian background, even his guarded, closeted behaviours felt honest rather than exaggerated plot devices. The friendship, the romance and the passion between these two is perfectly crafted.

The witty banter I loved in the first book is back. Avon Gale writes brilliant dialogue and the conversations between Misha and Max are fantastic. Misha struggles to appreciate the nuances of American culture and some of Max’s well intentioned explanations had me laughing aloud.

With all the tensions of a new hockey season and the personal history of the two coaches to add drama, the relationship between Misha and Max is allowed to develop naturally without any overly contrived angst. I loved the excitement as Misha and Max built their team and I loved the drama of each game. There is a brilliant balance between the romance, action and humour in this story which makes for a fun, exciting and very sexy read.

Sarah
FiveStars
This was my favorite story in this series so far. It’s truly a stand alone as its a new team and new people from the other two books.
The underlying message of forgive and forget and making the best of what you are given is just great. Even with the past our men share they are able to work through it and find something special.
I loved Max’s family. They were so great. Seeing the way Max impacted Mischa was wonderful and heart warming.
I really enjoyed this story. I think if I had to complain about anything would be the way the sex scenes almost blacked out when things got hot instead of finishing what was started or how it almost became clinical instead of being as passionate as the men were toward each other the rest of the time, but that’s a personal preference.
Renee

Excerpt

“I’d never watched this, you know.”

“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.

“The hit.”

Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”

“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”

It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen.

What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.

The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.

Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”

Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”

“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”

Oh. “Yes. I know.”

Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.

 

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